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PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and other sheet goods) Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“PlyDesign is how-to heaven … a great place to start for independent creators desiring to dive into ply world."
"The designs are modern and stylish and the tutorials with great patterns make them completely do-able.”
“There’s a lot to love. Besides the sheer variety (wine holders, credenzas, desks, chairs, organizers, headboards, doghouses, art panels) of projects, I especially love the introduction to the materials and tools.”
"PlyDesign offers all sorts of ideas for way-cool things to make from common sheet goods."
“Schmidt has written 73 well-described projects with a mid-century modern vibe. … From lap desks to tea tables, and headboards to doghouses, there are enough projects here to fill your home with useful and attractive furniture.”
From the Back Cover
Plywood--that versatile blend of nature and engineering--is easy to work with, inexpensive, and good-looking. Get to know its great qualities as you explore 73 projects contributed by design professionals and enthusiasts who love building with plywood.
Among the PlyDesigns, you'll find sleek furniture for every room (including several knock-down pieces for those really tight spaces), simple toys and games, and even whitewashed paneling, a great alternative to drywall.
There's something for every taste, need, and skill level!
Top Customer Reviews
If you're considering getting into woodworking and have access to power tools and someone who is willing to show you how to use them, this book has wonderful, contemporary designs for very functional furniture items made out of very affordable plywood. A lot of the designs only take one sheet of plywood. The instructions are clearly written with easy to understand plans for cutting.
It starts with an introduction to plywood, the different types, and where the best places to buy it are. It also includes tips on hauling and storing the sheets which are generally 4x8 feet and tips for making clean cuts.
Then you get into the projects. My favorite kinds of projects are good knock down items. Things that can be dissembled easily and reassembled. There is a set of slot and tab end tables that use careful, clever cutting to make 2 out of one sheet of plywood to make a table that's over 3 feet across and stands about 30 inches high. The size, cost and ease of knockdown and putting them up make them perfect tables for all sorts of things.
Stacked candleholders are an example of a project that can be made using hand tools. They are attractive and can be made in different sizes using scraps of plywood. It's a great project for children who are just learning to saw and use a brace.Read more ›
I don't look at this as a carpentry recipe book, but more of an idea book with practical steps.
There aren't a lot of books out there that help you to make something a little more refined when using common materials as an amateur with hopes of making something more than a box.
The first chapters of the book give you all the background information you will need about working with plywood, tools and techniques.
The rest of the book is a list of projects, each with cut lists and plans, as well as instructions. The plans are adaptable and many serve as great jumping off points for custom designs.
I have found this to be the most helpful book on diy furniture, especially plywood based furniture, that I have found on Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do you like plywood? If you read this book and make some of its designs, you will. Very creative uses of plywood.Published 28 days ago by cheyenneB
Great book, interesting designs, good instructions. I'm going to build a few of these things and adapt a few others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet V.
Have made a couple items out of here. Used it more just for ideas. Plywood is a great starter material for those who dont have the ability to work with rough cut lumber.Published 7 months ago by dan
Some directions are pretty confusing, some projects require skills/tools beyond your average DIYer, and most projects call for plywood that's not sold at your local big box home... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brad Park
Who knew plywood could be turned into such cool pieces. Ready to make some.Published 11 months ago by Amy B Bates
Projects are only 'ok'....and their is not overall index.....you need to page through Te entire book to find items...do not recommendPublished 13 months ago by M. Pulaski